I Know You Think You’re Fly But…9 Style Trends That We’re Not Trying To See in 2013
It’s been an interesting year for style. Platform sneakers basically came back, the half-shaven haircut kept its unwanted reign going, and the tomboy look as well as camouflage prints ran the hipster-chic world. And as exciting as those things were at first, we all know that with trends, they’re hot, and then they’re not. We’ve compiled a list of fashion trends from this year that everyone was rocking and had a good run, but need to gracefully bow out and hit the back of your closet. Of course, you’re going to wear what you want, when you want, because you’re grown (you know everyone loathed the look of Uggs years back but they’re more popular than ever), but it never hurts to be aware of what won’t be in style in our books come January. Shall we?
The Basketball Wives Earrings
Ba-by, let me tell you. There might not be anything I’m more tired of seeing from the style files this year (and late last year) than these very overdone earrings. Whether they’re hoops with big rhinestone covered balls at the bottom, or the hoops with the tiny balls and spikes hanging from them, these earrings that were worn all over by the women of Basketball Wives Miami were truly just tacky. They’re a beauty shop favorite, and I’ve seen them all over Instagram, but out of all the gorgeous pieces of jewelry out in these streets, why settle for these damn things!? They’re good to add to the drama in confessionals on reality TV shows, but in everyday life on everyday women, they look a cheap mess. No thanks.
The Shaved-Head Look
Honestly, this look should have been dunzo last year, but some people keep trying to resuscitate it. And if that wasn’t bad enough, now the mainstream folks are trying their hardest to do it. It was fresh and unique a while back, but now it’s like the bad tattoo decision you put on your neck that you can’t hide. Once that new growth comes in, it’s going to be a looooong process getting that hair to grow back right. At this point, I would rather see Cassie go bald (because she would still look gorgeous) than to watch her, and a slew of other women, try and pretend that this haircut is still bada**. It’s tired boo, let it go.
The Wedge Heel Sneaker Trend
Earlier this year, Isabel Marant had everyone acting a fool in these streets in the attempt to get her snazzy high-top wedged sneakers. And while they were kind of funky and fun, since then, a bunch of knock-off versions have hit the streets that look a complete tragedy. I’m talking clunky looking and made of the worst materials. At least the Isabel Marant kicks were able to find a way to hide the wedge on the inside so that you really thought it looked like a sneaker from the outside, but the joints people are picking up right now look like straight up platforms, and I think we need to really leave those type of looks dead in the ’70s. Not all the takes on the wedge high-top sneaker are terrible, but there’s not too many I get a “kick” out of…get it!? Yeah, I know it was corny…
Bodycon Bandage Dresses
Damn you Herve Leger. While there’s nothing wrong with rocking a tight fitted skirt or nicely fitting dress that flatters your curves, can we please drop the bandage dresses that are a club must into a pit and set them on fire? For a hot minute they were too cute, but now? Very routine, and you can basically buy those joints from anywhere (maybe even a bodega, I haven’t checked). Plus, it’s just a mess to watch folks spend the whole night pulling down their tight dress instead of kicking back and being comfortable when they go out. Do yourself a favor (so you can finally breath) and give that look a break for a bit. Please?
Calling Shoes “Red Bottoms”
Rappers have people out here spending their rent money on a pair of shoes, ya’ll. Trying to keep up with the Joneses, many young women have gone out of their way to get some Christian Louboutins on their feet, skipping the long last name of the French designer and simply calling them “Red Bottoms.” Even men like Rick Ross and the Game have been giving shout outs to the red soles in their lyrics. Spending about $600 and more for a real pair, or getting a fake pair for the low-low, many folks are doing the absolute most to have the shoes, or look like they have the shoes, and don’t even know how to pronounce the name of them. Most pairs are nice, but the obsession over having them is a bit over the top. Hell, I’ve seen some Nine West joints that are cuter than most of these shoes for less than $200…
Tights As Pants
I love tights as much as the next person, I mean, they’re hellas of comfortable. However, I know the purpose of tights, and they’re not meant to be the new version of pants. If you are going to rock the tight look outside of the gym and the house, you should be wearing a sweater or top that covers your butt. But too often these days I see people wearing tights covered in crazy prints and colors and pretending like that makes them the official replacement of jeans as they wear them with baby T-shirts. And then they get on public transportation and wonder why the creepers are staring. You should be able to go crazy in tights in your humble abode, but once you step out the house, I’m not trying to see everything you’re working with in your sheer paneled tights. I’m just saying though.
Over The Top Heelless Shoes
Seriously? Ew. While there are a few fabulous heelless heels in stores, most of the ones we’ve seen are pretty hideous. They almost look like little hooks or elf shoes on people’s feets covered in sequins and spikes and sparkles. If you’re going to do the heelless shoe, just keep it simple. The ones with the wooden heels are actually pretty fresh, as well as some of the chic Giuseppe styles. But anything like the shoes above and you’re going to look like a crazy mutant. But kudos to you if you can walk in these jokers comfortably!
Random Golds And Grills
I thought we came out of this I-cover-my-teeth-in-gold-platinum-and-aluminum-foil phase after Nelly did “Grillz”? Guess not, because this entire year everybody and their mother was trying to bring back gold teeth and grills. From Bey and Rihanna, Chris Brown, Trinidad James and even Ryan Lochte, metal teeth for the moment were all the rage. When you have a whole lot of money and some free time, you do some really random things (just go through any young celebrity’s Instagram and you’ll understand what I’m saying). But nothing more random than this mess.
Severe Ombre Hair
Most ombre hair is pretty gorgeous. It can make your curls look more romantic and just provide your hair with some extra character. But when you do severd ombre coloring, like the look above, where the colors used are drastically different, it can be a bit jarring (and again, a hot mess). Not only that, but too bright ombre like a really bright blonde can make your hair look dry and dull. Or it can make your weave look oh so terrible. Keep the colors kind of cool and save the bright mix matched colors for your clothes–not your head.